WOAH | The 5th Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms


The goal of The Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms (WOAH) is to advance research that develops, interrogates and applies computational methods for detecting, classifying and modelling online abuse. You can see the Proceedings of the 4th Workshop (2020) on the ACL Anthology. Please read, discuss and use!

WOAH 2021 will be colocated with ACL. It will take place on August 6th in Thailand.


Digital technologies have brought myriad benefits for society, transforming how people connect, communicate and interact with each other. However, they have also enabled harmful and abusive behaviours to reach large audiences and for their negative effects to be amplified, including interpersonal aggression, bullying and hate speech. Already marginalised and vulnerable communities are often disproportionately at risk of receiving such abuse, compounding other social inequalities and injustices.

For the fifth edition of the Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms (5th WOAH!) we advance research in online abuse through our theme: Social Bias and Unfairness in Online Abuse Detection. We continue to emphasize the need for inter-, cross- and anti- disciplinary work on online abuse and harms, and invite paper submissions from a range of fields. We are colocated with ACL 2021. We have published proceedings from every iteration of WOAH, which you can find on the ACL Anthology. WOAH welcomes an interdisciplinary mix of perspectives on online abuse and harm.

Call for Papers

Please see our Call for Papers. WOAH now has four components:

  1. Regular paper submissions, both short (4 pages) and long (8 pages).

  2. Submissions from civil society (5 to 20 pages). Previously published work can be accepted as a non-archival submission.

  3. Shared Task on hateful memes.

  4. A multidisciplinary panel discussion.


You can contact the organizers at organizers [at] workshopononlineabuse [dot] com

Sponsors for WOAH 2021

ACL Anti-Harassment Policy

We abide by the ACL anti-harassment policy outlined here.